Posts Tagged ‘March Madness’

A Champion is Crowned!

April 4, 2017

March Madness 2017 is officially over.  Congratulations to the North Carolina Tarheels for defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the championship game last night.  And for the remaining college basketball fans . . . the start of the 2018 season is just a little more than seven months away.

And Then There Were Two . . . !

April 2, 2017

March Madness is winding down and following today’s games, the field has been reduced to the two teams who will be playing for the championship on Monday evening!  Both of the remaining #1 seeds, Gonzaga (defeated #7 South Carolina) and North Carolina (defeating #3 Oregon), have advanced and will meet in the championship.  What a great season it has been.  Good luck to both teams tomorrow night and may the best team win!

March Madness 2017, Final Four!

March 27, 2017

The second weekend of the NCAA Tournament has come to a close and we have reached the pinnacle of the tournament — the Final Four teams!  And as usual, probably not the four teams that the majority of fans would have picked.  Only two of the #1 seeds survived along with a number three seed and a number seven seed.  Cinderella is alive and well.  What another exciting tournament for college basketball fans.

The upsets in the tournament during the second round this second weekend included:
Kansas (#1) losing to Oregon (#3).
Florida (#4) losing to South Carolina (#7)

The Final Four teams remaining (by regional):

East Regional
South Carolina (#7)

Midwest Regional
Oregon (#3)

South Regional
North Carolina (#1)

West Regional
Gonzaga (#1)

March Madness 2017, Elite Eight!

March 25, 2017

Happy Saturday!  As we reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the field has been halved yet again to the Elite Eight with the Final Four yet to be determined by the end of the weekend.  Three (3) number one seed still remain (Kansas, North Carolina, and Gonzaga), but a couple of Cinderellas are still hanging around (South Carolina [#7 seed] and Xavier [#11 seed]) so it will be fun to see how the games go today and Sunday.

The upsets in the tournament during the first round of the second weekend included:
Baylor (#3) losing to South Carolina (#7).
Arizona (#2) losing to Xavier (#11).

The teams remaining (by regional):

East Regional
Florida (#4)
South Carolina (#7)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Oregon (#3)

South Regional (top four seeds advanced)
North Carolina (#1)
Kentucky (#2)

West Regional
Gonzaga (#1)
Xavier (#11)

March Madness 2017, Down to Sixteen!

March 20, 2017

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament has come to a close and the field has been cut to the Sweet Sixteen.  As with the first round of games, there were a couple of surprises (a #1 seed, two #2 seeds, and one #3 seed all lost this round). The biggest surprise?  Villanova (#1 overall seed and the first #1 seed to lose) losing to Wisconsin (#8 seed).  But several close games and several lower seeds moving on.  All in all, a very entertaining weekend of play for college basketball fans.  The Madness continues!

Next up for the Spartans?  No one . . . . until next season!    Go Green!

The upsets in the tournament during the second round this first weekend included:
Villanova (#1) losing to Wisconsin (#8).
Louisville (#2) losing to Michigan (#7).
Duke (#2) losing to South Carolina (#7)
Florida State (#3) losing to Xavier (#11).

The teams remaining (by regional):

East Regional
Baylor (#3)
Florida (#4)
South Carolina (#7)
Wisconsin (#8)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Oregon (#3)
Purdue (#4)
Michigan (#7)

South Regional (top four seeds advanced)
North Carolina (#1)
Kentucky (#2)
UCLA (#3)
Butler (#4)

West Regional
Gonzaga (#1)
Arizona (#2)
West Virginia (#4)
Xavier (#11)

March Madness 2017, Down to Thirty-Two!

March 18, 2017

The Spartans win!  The first round of the NCAA Tournament has come to a close and the field has been cut in half.  The first full-day of games had only a couple of surprises and both involved the higher-seeded Big Ten school going down in defeat (Minnesota [#5] and Maryland [#6]).   Day two found only a couple more “upsets” — Dayton (#7) losing to Wichita State and Miami (#8) losing to Michigan State (#9).  Tom Izzo worked his March magic as the Spartans found a way, following a very slugging start, to get the win.

Next up for the Spartans:  a Sunday game in the Tulsa Regional Final where they will face the Jayhawks from Kansas . . . .    Go Green!

The upsets in the tournament this first weekend included:
Minnesota (#5) losing to Middle Tennessee State (#12).
Maryland (#6) losing to Xavier (#11)
SMU (#6) losing to USC (#11)
Dayton (#7) losing to Wichita State (#10)
Miami (#8) losing to Michigan State (#9).

The teams remaining (by regional):

East Regional
Villanova (#1)
Duke (#2)
Baylor (#3)
Florida (#4)
Virginia (#5)
South Carolina (#7)
Wisconsin (#8)
USC (#11)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Louisville (#2)
Oregon (#3)
Purdue (#4)
Iowa State (#5)
Michigan (#7)
Michigan State (#9)
Rhode Island (#11)

South Regional
North Carolina (#1)
Kentucky (#2)
UCLA (#3)
Butler (#4)
Cincinnati (#6)
Arkansas (#8)
Wichita State (#10)
Middle Tennessee State (#12)

East Regional
Gonzaga (#1)
Arizona (#2)
Florida State (#3)
West Virginia (#4)
Notre Dame (#5)
St. Mary’s (#7)
Northwestern (#8)
Xavier (#11)

 

Selection Sunday 2017!

March 12, 2017

It has arrived . . . March Madness!  Later today, the field will be selected for the 2017 NCAA College Basketball Tournament.  Is your team in?  My team (Michigan State, Go Green!) is not guaranteed entry this year, but I remain hopeful that their rigorous non-conference schedule, coupled with more than a couple of key players out with injuries (before the season even began), coupled with still managing to play above .500 in Big Ten play, coupled with very few upperclassmen with a good showing in the Big Ten Tournament, will earn them a berth in the tournament.  But if not . . . there is always next year!  Here are some helpful links as we begin the Road to the Final Four in earnest.  Tulsa’s BOK Center is hosting some of the regional games this year (Friday and Sunday games for the East and Midwest Regionals) and I will be at each and every game!  Woot!  I love this time of year!

Tournament Schedule
Joe Lunardi’s latest “Bracketology
Tournament Challenge (create your brackets now)

 

College Basketball 2017, Week Eighteen!

March 6, 2017

Well, the Spartans continue to struggle on the road — what a horrible way to finish the regular season — losing to Illinois by only three (3) points, and then losing to Maryland as well by only three (3) points in the closing seconds (a last-second basket by Maryland).  Major bummer of a week for the Green team!  It was no real surprise that Kansas took over the top position in the rankings and the Big Ten only has two (2)  teams currently in the AP top-25 : Purdue (#16) and Wisconsin (#22).  What a dismal showing this year by the Big Ten.  Most of the major conferences wrapped up their regular season this week which means that championship week starts now!  It is officially March, let the Madness begin as we continue in earnest down the road to the Final Four!  By this time next week we will know the participants and the seedings of this year’s NCAA Tournament.  MSU is currently projected as a #10 seed (thank you Joe Lunardi), but we’ll still have to wait and see; a couple of wins in the Big Ten Championship Tournament would go a long way to solidifying a Spartan presence at the dance.  Woohoo!

Next up for the Spartans:  a Thursday game in the Big Ten Tournament where they will face the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between Penn State/Nebraska . . . .    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
North Carolina (#5) losing to Virginia (#23).
Louisville (#8) losing to unranked Wake Forest.
West Virginia (#10) losing to Baylor (#11).
Florida (#12) losing to unranked Vanderbilt by two (2) points.
Butler  (#13) losing to unranked Seton Hall by six (6) points.
Florida State (#15) losing to Duke (#17) by five (5) points.
Wisconsin (#22) losing to unranked Iowa by two (2) points.
Miami (#25) losing to unranked Virginia Tech by five (5) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kansas (#1) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by five (5) points.
Kentucky (#9) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by six (6) points.
Purdue (#16) defeating unranked Northwestern by four (4) points.
Iowa State (#24) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
North Carolina (#5) defeating Duke (#17).
Louisville (#8) defeating Notre Dame (#19).
West Virginia (#10) defeating Iowa State (#24).
Florida State (#15) defeating Miami (#25).

2016 NCAA Champions!

April 5, 2016

Congratulations to the Villanova Wildcats who were crowned the college basketball champs following their closing seconds victory over the Tar Heels of North Carolina last night!  What a great tournament this year with some memorable games.

The Final Four, 2016!

March 28, 2016

What an exciting couple of weeks for college basketball fans.  Yes, there were the requisite upsets that ruined many a bracket, there were the close wins as time ran out, there were the wins in overtime and the field of sixty-eight has been reduced to the final four . . . It was not a good weekend for #1 seeds as three of the four found themselves on the wrong side of the final scores.  Only one #1 seed survived along with two #2 seeds and a #10 seed.

North Carolina (#1) defeated Notre Dame (#6)
Oklahoma (#2) defeated Oregon (#1)
Villanova (#2) defeated Kansas (#1)
Syracuse (#10) defeated Virginia (#1)

On to Houston for the Final Four next weekend where North Carolina will face Syracuse in one of the semi-finals while Oklahoma will face Villanova in the other.  Good luck one and all.